Posts Tagged ‘Motorcycle riding’

Self Expression or Self Preservation

April 25, 2010

The other day I was riding my motorcycle to class.  I saw a truck at an intersection ahead of me.  I was on the inside lane of a four lane road, so I was not too concerned when he pulled out just a little bit ahead of me.

Then he continued on into my lane.

He never saw me.

Thankfully, I had been watching him and was already easing off the gas.  I hit the brakes and easily avoided a collision.

Then, I thought about the horn.  Some people might have thought about the horn first.  I prefer to focus on avoiding an accident.  Actually, I ended up waving at him.  Hopefully he saw me, but he probably never even knew I was  there on the road.

Over the years of riding, similar events have happened numerous times.  It is always better to avoid a collision first.  That should be your focus.  Secondly, you will want to think twice about how you express yourself.  You are still on a motorcycle, and that makes you vulnerable.  If you tick off the driver by your expression of anger, there is the possibility of retribution.  Ever hear of road rage?   In a bike versus car collision, the bike will never win. 

I prefer self-preservation over self-expression.

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Irrational and Inconsistent

August 25, 2009

I have been riding motorcycles for over twenty years.  I always wear a helmet.  I have never had an accident. (OK,  in my first year of riding,  I dropped the bike once, on loose gravel, starting up from a stop sign, turning right.  I don’t count that.  I didn’t say, I never dropped the bike!)  I am well aware of the danger of head injuries caused when a persons head comes into contact with pavement, even at relatively low rates of speed.  I know people who have died, and others who have sustained serious injury, because they were not wearing a helmet.  I do not want to join those statistics.

I recently started riding a bicycle around town.  My town is rather small, about two miles square, and you can get anywhere in town on a bike, pretty quickly.  I have also started to include bicycling as a part of my exercise routine. 

I had never wore a helmet on a bicycle. 

That is irrational and inconsistent.

I can wipe out on a bicycle, just like I could have an accident on a motorcycle.  The sidewalk or the pavement are equally hard, and as I said earlier, you don’t have to be going very fast. 

I grew up riding bicycles without a helmet.  It has never been a problem. 

After it is a problem, it is too late to don the helmet. 

Sigh…

Yesterday, for the first time I wore a bicycle helmet while riding.  I plan to make it a habit.  I really don’t want to be irrational and inconsistent.

I really, really, don’t want a head injury caused by thinking it couldn’t happen to me.